Here's a close-up view of a portion of the sky. The photo on the left has just a little bit of stitching. The photo on the right has a lot more. You can really see the difference when the thread gets added on top. Not only does the thread blend all the fabrics together, but it also covers much of the designs on the fabrics.
Here's the sky all stitched.
And here's the next step in the creation of the Floyd B Parks: all of the fabrics cut out and ready to create the ocean. Note: right after I took this photo I was putting all of these pieces of fabric into a box. In the process I got a bit clumsy and knocked the box to the floor. I was picking up pieces for quite a while.